Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by Gatorgal04, Feb 26, 2019.
He almost let that get over his head.
Brady better watch his back. I smell a code red.
Tip o the cap to UCF. They played well and were aggressive on the bases. Hope our guys learn from this game. Lotta season left.
Well I flipped over to basketball. If vandy gets back into this it's on me.
Almost twice tonight.
I'll take partial blame.
Yep, ugly stuff. Throw in passed balls also. Need to shore up a couple of positions before sec play.
This was a much older more polished squad than us. There swings were really good
Sucks for Kirby, his GS gets overshadowed by crappy defense.
4 errors, all costing us runs....
I know about growing pains and young teams having to develop—
But that was pretty ugly—
Whole lot of hard practices in front of these guys—
Sully was a catcher and this has to be killing him. Gator catchers have always been one of the strengths of the team ...... Rivera, JJ, Zunino, Gushoe etc
And here comes vandy.
Well, I was all set to congratulate the first UCF fan I saw on their National Championship - but darned if I could find one!
So Brady Smith can never catch again. Did you see Butler's face walking of the mound at the end of the inning? We're not getting our pitchers best when that doubt the catcher. Experiment is over. Need a backstop regardless of what the bat brings. Tough call but the reality if gators want to compete in SEC. Send Brady away to a catching clinic for 2 weeks then give him smithy shot. Fundamentals are overlooked here.
Brady just is not a catcher...period
Reese to catcher. Young to second.
I hate to question Sully, but I really wonder what the deal is with forcing the issue with Brady. He forced it last year at first, when Bell was MUCH better defensively, now forcing it at catcher. It's still early in the season, but he is costing this team a lot, and cost them a lot last year too. This has to frustrate the rest of the squad, no? Stuff like this is how you completely lose a team. How the hell is a pitcher supposed to pitch with any confidence when the dude behind the plate can't stop ANYTHING? Other guys make relatively small mistakes and get put on the bench with a quickness. Why does Brady continue to get a pass? At least last year, you could argue he swung a bigger bat than Bell, but his bat has just as big of a hole in it this year as his catchers mitt. Obviously Sully sees something in this kid that we don't, right? Does he have some compromising photos? I just don't get it. I have seriously wondered if he doesn't have a legit issue with his vision. Is it entirely a focus thing?
Miozzi had a bad throw down to third, but has been solid blocking the plate. At least gives the pitcher some confidence the guy back there will make a legit effort to keep the ball in front of him. I believe he's batting better as well.
Where the hell is Cal?
Sorry for the rant, but this is maddening. Losing midweeks is what it is. Losing them in this fashion makes me want to break stuff.
So far Cal is in the Bull Pen, he didn't hit very well at practice or in the scrimmages, also all the catchers had issues blocking balls in the dirt, Miozzi appears to have made the most improvement, the throw last night was bad but his throws are much closer to on the mark than the other catchers, Girand did not get much work preseason so you would have to take from that that the staff does not see him as an option behind the plate
With regards to Miozzi I think you are spot on—he receives the ball well, blocks it down in front of him keeping it playable, and our pitchers seem to have great confidence in pitching to him (being able to bury a pitch or locate it wherever they need to)—
Like you said and I also posted last night—his errant throw should not have been made—when you break down what happened the UCF RH batter did exactly what he should, stood still in place for Miozzi to have to work around—no movement on his part, no interference—
The right call for Miozzi was simply put that one in his pocket—runner’s on third, next hitter K’s, inning over—
He seems to be the most solid defensive option at this point—
Yep Yep and Yep. As @gatorjjh and I watched last night Miozzi was solid behind the plate and really refused to let anything by even blocking several in the dirt to make a few pitchers look better than they were. I started my way out during the eighth and glad I did, not knowing how bad that last inning went. It really made me ask what's the bother to drive up for a midweek after the rain to watch this. Happy we got some hits and very happy I got to see Ocala's own, Kirby the Love Bug, hit a grand slammy but it went all for not. With this weekends competition coming in, I would open the catchers position to three different starters and see who wants it most.